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Michael Ray (topshot) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Midwest
About Me Middle-aged father who got into backpacking late (2009) and wants to encourage his 16 and 7 year old sons to backpack lightweight. Video trip reports of all the adventures so far are on my YT site below.
StateIndiana
My Website URLhttp://www.youtube.com/user/topshotrhit
My PDF Gear ListMaroon Bells - August 2011

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Re: Is 600-650 down worth it?
I recall this post a few weeks back. If you buy it, you should tell him he owes me commission. ;) I have 3 Sub Kilo bags and that's a decent price. Been happy with it except when my son isn'...

In GEAR » Is 600-650 down worth it?
January 03, 5:57pm

Re: Outsak UL any good?
Mine has worked fine so far. You must live in the desert portion to not have to worry about bears in OR.

In GEAR » Outsak UL any good?
January 03, 5:48pm

Re: Re: Pictured Rock in April
> a local told me that last winter was not a proper one. That's an understatement if it was anything like we had here in IN! Steve, I could go first week of April but would want to tak...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pictured Rock in April
January 02, 8:45pm

Re: GC North Rim v.s. South Rim
Won't happen on this trip. We'll be heading home via I-80.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major road trip to western parks - mainly Yosemite
January 02, 1:02pm

Re: GC North Rim
True, but I figured some in-canyon time is better than none, and I didn't want to deal with the permit. I think I should ask my son if he wants to sleep at Cottonwood as I did. I doubt he'd...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major road trip to western parks - mainly Yosemite
January 02, 11:02am

Re: Hey!
Thanks for the offer, Kenneth, but Steve is closer and I'd be needing it the same time as your trip.

In Gear Swap » WTB: BV500
January 02, 10:54am

Re: WTB: BV500
That would be awesome, Steve. Thank you for the offer. Too bad you can't get out west this summer though.

In Gear Swap » WTB: BV500
January 02, 10:32am

WTB: BV500
If anyone has one they're getting rid of or know of a nice sale on one, let me know. Thanks.

In Gear Swap » WTB: BV500
January 02, 9:17am

Re: neo socks
> You can rent socks/shoes in Springdale for the Narrows. I did just fine in May without though. Just trail runners and wool socks. Wife as well. Take trekking poles for this though. The river i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major road trip to western parks - mainly Yosemite
January 02, 9:15am

Re: Beyond Slow
Must be the year 2013 bug. :P

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Forums loading slow?
January 01, 8:19pm

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